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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bruins Snap 5-Game Losing Streak vs. Canadiens Thanks to 4-1 Win in Montreal

This season, the Bruins are a better team than the Canadiens. That much cannot be debated either since Boston (43-17-5) now has 14 more points than Montreal (35-25-7) after a complete 4-1 victory at Bell Centre. It represented more than the usual two points since the B's had dropped five straight vs. the Habs dating back to last season. These teams will meet one more time-March 24-at TD Garden before the playoffs begin. Don't be surprised to see them play then as well.

Oh by the way, Boston is currently riding a six-game win streak. Tuukka Rask (35 saves) was excellent when his teammates started slowly, allowing the Canadiens to outshoot them 14-6 in the first scoreless period. The Bruins put this away with a fantastic second that produced three goals. Carl Soderberg scored an unassisted goal (his 12th of the season) 1:33 into the frame. The springy Montreal boards should have received an assist since the puck went right off it to him in front.

Patrice Bergeron made it 2-0 at 9:25 of the second thanks to perfect passing with linemate Brad Marchand with Matt Bartkowski starting it all. The tap in was his 19th goal of the season. Montreal was done after Milan Lucic beat Peter Budaj with not the greatest shot at 18:32. His 20th goal of the season (3rd time he's done that) was assisted by Jarome Iginla and David Krejci.

The Canadiens officially gave up when Zdeno Chara casually followed his rebound for his 15th goal of the season 23 seconds into the third. Bergeron and Marchand had the helpers. David Desharnais scored a garbage time goal for the Canadiens and that served as their only highlight.

Boston finishes off another back-to-back tomorrow night (7, NESN) at the Garden vs. Phoenix (31-24-11). I'm just excited because I think the Coyotes are underrated plus we never get to see them and they have some intriguing players like Milton, MA native and skilled defenseman Keith Yandle (still want him on the B's).







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